Prince Philip death: BBC cancels scheduled programming following death of Duke of Edinburgh

The BBC has cancelled all scheduled programming on BBC One and BBC Two for the rest of the day following the death of Prince Philip.

Prince Philip died at Windsor Castle this morning
Prince Philip died at Windsor Castle this morning

ITV has also announced Emmerdale and Coronation Street will not air on Friday night (Apr 9) following the death of the Duke.The BBC said in a statement: "“ith the sad news that HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh has died, there is now special coverage across all BBC networks to mark his life of extraordinary public service and planned scheduling has been suspended."

Philip, 99, was the longest-serving consort in British history.The Duke and the Queen were married for more than 70 years and Philip dedicated decades of his life to royal duty, serving the nation at the monarch’s side.

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He officially retired from public engagements in the summer of 2017.

A notice on the gates of the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh announcing the death of the Duke of Edinburgh

The Palace said in a statement: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Further announcements will made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”